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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at four. theresa may will not say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test, which happened when mps were debating whether to renew the weapons system. i have absolute faith in our trident missiles. when i made that speech in the house of commons, what we were talking about was whether or not we should renew our trident. the prime minister confirms she will be the first world leader to meet president trump when they hold talks on friday. millions took to the streets in protest against the new president, but the white house accuses the media of dishonestly reporting numbers attending his inauguration. the gambia's defeated leader, yahya jammeh, flies into exile, 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. disappointment for andy murray. the world number one crashes out of the australian open following a shock defeat in the fourth round. disappointing, lost today, tough for sure, one of the biggest events i wanted to do better in.
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and coming up in half an hour, stephen sackur speaks to dmitry peskov, the spokesman for russian president vladimir putin, in hardtalk. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister, theresa may, says she has "absolute faith" in the trident nuclear missile system, despite claims that an unarmed test firing veered off—course. it's claimed an unarmed rocket fired from hms vengeance in the atlantic ocean shot off in the direction of the united states last year. but on the bbc‘s andrew marr programme this morning, mrs may declined to answer if she'd been made aware of the incident before a crucial vote on the future of the trident programme in parliament, as
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daniel boettcher reports. this is what the launch of a trident missile looks like. lastjune, the royal navy carried out what it calls a routine unarmed test launch from hms vengeance. but according to the sunday times, it went wrong. the paper says the submarine was about 200 miles off the coast of florida. it was due to fire the missile 5,600 miles to a location off the west coast of africa. instead, the paper says it may have veered off in the wrong direction. that was just weeks before a vote in parliament to renew britain's ageing vanguard submarines. today, the prime minister was asked four times if she had known about the alleged incident when she had made a statement on trident to mps lastjuly. the issue we were talking about in the house of commons was a very serious issue. it was about whether or not we should renew trident, whether we should look to the future and have a replacement trident. that is what we were talking about in the house of commons. that is what the house
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of commons voted for. i believe in defending our country. jeremy corbyn voted against it. he doesn't want to defend our country with an independent nuclear deterrent. prime minister, did you know? there are tests that take place all the time for our nuclear deterrents. what we were talking about was the future... ok, if i'm not going to get an answer to this, could i ask about one other thing? the paper says there had been four previous trident tests since 2000. in the past, the mod has issued a press release and video of successful tests. this time, it did not. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has accused the prime minister of not telling the public about the alleged misfiring. i think this failure is something that ought to pause everyone for a moment and just think what happened. we understand the prime minister chose not to inform parliament about this and it has come out through the media some months later. it is a pretty catastrophic error when a missile goes in the wrong direction.
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while the ministry of defence says the test launch was a success for the crew and the boat, it has not denied the report that the missile itself might have veered off—course. but it does say the capability and effectiveness of the trident missile is unquestionable. daniel boettcher, bbc news. with me is carol turner, the vice—chair of the campaign for nuclear disarmament. thank you for coming in, what do you make of this? well, it is a real crisis. there was an illusion, not asa crisis. there was an illusion, not as a country, by theresa may this morning when she tried to imply that there were lots of tests, and of course, there are a lot of overall tests of nuclear devices, but missile tests are very rare. it was an unarmed missile, though. nonetheless, it shows what the dangers are. one of the unexplored
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issues in relation to nuclear weapons is the degree of the lack of safety that there is. there are at least two major incidents every year recorded by the un body, and they only record the most dangerous, the highest level. you are talking about a crisis across the world, not strident? yes, but there have been a number of serious accidents in britain over the years. are you concerned about the timing of this sequence concerned about the timing of this sequence of events? absolutely, it is clearly the case that had this been raised in parliament at the time of the vote on trident replacement lastjuly, this would have substantially replacement lastjuly, this would have su bsta ntially affected replacement lastjuly, this would have substantially affected the vote. how do you know that? and what do you mean by substantially?” vote. how do you know that? and what do you mean by substantially? i do not think you have to be a nuclear disarmament to realise the danger that nuclear weapons have, the danger of accidents and so forth,
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and it is not only the group of labour and other snp, green party etc, mps who are against nuclear weapons that would be concerned, but mps who are prepared to vote to replace trident should still be extremely concerned to hear how dangerous it is. if we look at the vote, over 400 for it and just over 100 against, would there have been no doubt the time the time the vote around? who can say? possibly not. but probably there would have been a substantial shift in the vote, i would suspect. at the least, you would suspect. at the least, you would expect the number of mps to abstain, to raise objections and so forth. do you think... there have been calls for an enquiry, if there is such a thing, what would you want it to achieve, or what action would you want it to take? think a couple
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things, first of all, the public has a right to the maximum exposure of issues. we would want to know, we would bomb the public to be made aware of the tests, the costs, the frequency and so forth, and we would like for that to be completely open and transparent. but you usually do, don't you? one other thing particularly is that i very much agree with the call of the snp and others for an enquiry on this particular accident. i was watching theresa may on the andrew marr programme this morning and she was very flustered, very flustered indeed when she was asked questions, which she ducked. carol turner, thank you for coming in. the prime minister has also confirmed she'll visit america to meet president trump on friday, the first world leader to meet him since his inauguration. mrs may said britain's
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"special relationship" with the us would allow her to speak up, to say she disagrees with some of president trump's opinions. here's our political correspondent, susana mendonca. as britain pulls away from its ties with the european union, it is looking to rekindle old alliances with a brand—new american president. the special relationship between the uk and the us has been strong for many years. we will have the opportunity to talk about our possible future trading relationship, but also some of the world challenges that we will face, issues like defeating terrorism, the conflict in syria. comparisons will be drawn to another female british prime minister who forged a close relationship with a populist us president. ronald reagan and margaret thatcher were united in their free trade aims back in the 1980s, and it has been reported that donald trump has already referred to theresa may as "his maggie". but no previous us president has been so unpopular with so many. in particular with women, who turned out in
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their hundreds of thousands to protest against him in america yesterday and in cities including london. mrs may wouldn't be drawn on whether she plans to challenge mr trump on the things he has said about women. i think the biggest statement that will be made about the role of women is the fact that i will be there as a female prime minister, the prime minister of the united kingdom, talking to him directly about the interests that we share. no longer back of the queue on trade, mrs may's focus in her talks with mr trump will be around building a future trade deal with the us after britain leaves the eu. he and the people around him have also spoken about the importance of a trade arrangement with the united kingdom, and that that is something they are looking to talk to us about at an early stage. i would expect to be able to talk to him about that alongside the other issues i will discuss with him when i am in washington. if mr trump's inauguration speech is anything to go by, though, he is more focused on protectionism than free trade, insisting that he will put america first.
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so critics say the government should be cautious about putting us trade ahead of an eu deal. no trade agreement with america, however ambitious, can replace or match what we are potentially going to lose on our own doorstep in europe. as brexit negotiations loom, though, mrs may knows that she needs trade options elsewhere. this week's meeting with the us president is a first step in that direction. susana mendonca, bbc news. 0ur correspondent jane 0'brien is in washington for us. sunday morning political programmes just like in the uk, sunday morning headlines, what are they saying over there? the focus is still on this storm about who attracted the biggest crowds, whether it was donald trump on inauguration day on friday, whether it was the hundreds of thousands of women who marched on washington yesterday, whether it was
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barack 0bama in 2009 on his inauguration day. this is all stemming from donald trump. he is the one that has accused the media of attempting to delegitimise his presidency or at least his chief of staff did an hour or so ago on the sunday morning shows. donald trump attacking the media yesterday during attacking the media yesterday during a visit to the cia, saying that it was shameful, their focus on crowd numbers. but this argument is no been driven by the white house, they are continuing these unprecedented attacks on coverage, using their very first official press briefing from the white house to criticise media reports. a lot of people, i'm sure, in america and around the world, are wondering why this should be, and why the focus is not on the mechanics of government and getting on with the business of the day when monday starts tomorrow. thank you. pope francis has warned
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against a rise in populism. he said seeking a political saviour in times of crisis could lead to the election of leaders like hitler. in an interview with a spanish newspaper, the pope also said it was too early to give an opinion on the us president, donald trump. he suggested waiting to see what mr trump did before passing judgment. but he condemned the use of walls and barbed wire to keep foreigners out. and from monday, here on the bbc news channel, we have a new programme covering donald trump's first acts as president, the brexit effect and much more. that's100 days with katty kay in washington and christian fraser in london at 7pm. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may will not say whether she knew about a failed trident missile test when mps were voting to renew the weapons system. the prime minister has confirmed she will be the first world leader to meet president trump when they hold talks on friday. and the white house accuses the american media of dishonestly reporting the size of the crowds
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at friday's inauguration. let's see what is happening in sport. we are going to get to the tennis in a moment, there were three games in the premier li today, the early kick—off featured lester city. they are still waiting for a first premier league away win of the season and that is after they were beaten 3—0 by sav hampton. the saints ended a winless run of four games that were started midway through the first half by james ward—prowse's second goal of the season. ward—prowse's second goal of the season. the league double not long before the break and the jay rodriguez, as the home side pressed on further. wes morgan brought down shane long in the penalty area, and dusan tadic sealed the 3—0 win from
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the spot. late, at the emirates, a 97 minutes alexis sanchez penalty secured arsenal a 2—1win over burnley. the home fans at to wait until the 59th minute for the first goal of the game. mustafi scoring his first goal for arsenal. they had to buy the last 25 minutes with ten men. then came late drama, burnley awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute of the game. andre gray scored and burnley thought they had secured a point. but in the seventh minute of added time, arsenal got themselves a penalty. alexis sanchez did the rest from the penalty spot to secure them a vital win for arsene wenger‘s side. the third game of the day is chelsea against hull city and antonio
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conte's the marlowe can to restore their lead at the top of the table to eight points. diego costa starts for chelsea after missing the last match because of an alleged fallout with the fitness coach. kick—off at half past four. late drama in the scottish cup today after raith rovers scored an 89th minute equaliser against hearts. —— ca rs. minute equaliser against hearts. —— cars. rudy stanshall and declan mcmanus combined for a late equaliser. but there would rovers are now ten games without a win but will travel to hearts for a replay. just one other game, celtic away at albion rovers, currently leading 1—0 thanks to a scott sinclair goal. andy murray is out of the australian, shot by mischa zverev of germany. murray lost the opening set, took the second, but mischa
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zverev refused to buckle and won the third and fourth. so murray will have to wait for another chance to win his first australian title. dan eva ns's run win his first australian title. dan evans's run is also over. he lost to do —— jo—wilfried tsonga in four sets. it takes into number 45 in the world rankings. it was a dramatic finish in kolkata, but in that have won the third and final one—day international against india byjust five runs. after being put into bat, england made 321—8 from their 50 overs. jason roy top scored with 65. his third half—ce ntu ry scored with 65. his third half—century in three games. england got the important wicket of virat kohli with india still needing more than 200 to win. a late rearguard new saw them needing six from the final four new saw them needing six from the finalfour balls. new saw them needing six from the final four balls. chris woakes helping seal the victory, but india do take the series 2—1.
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ronnie 0'sullivan is plainjoe perry in the final of the masters snooker at alexandra palace. the rocket looking to win his seventh title. the defending champion was trailing 4-1 at the defending champion was trailing 4—1 at one stage but he has managed to level at 4—4 at the interval. the final session gets under way at seven p. m. , final session gets under way at seven p.m., the first ten frames for a victory. that is live on bbc two. that is all this forfun, that is live on bbc two. that is all this for fun, you that is live on bbc two. that is all this forfun, you can keep up—to—date with all of those stories on the bbc sport website. and the two remaining pool matches in the european champions cup is also on the website. james pearce will be here with more in the next hour. a train crash in eastern india has killed at least 36 people and injured more than 60 others. nine coaches and the engine of a train between jagdalpur and bhubaneshwar was derailed near kuneru in the state of andhra pradesh. rail officials say the track was broken in two places, and there is some suspicion there was sabotage. sanjoy majumder reports. nine coaches of the express were
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thrown off the tracks after it had just left a station in andhra pradesh while on its way from central india to 0disha in the east. the tragedy took place late at night. most of the passengers would have been asleep and were caught com pletely have been asleep and were caught completely unawa res. rescue have been asleep and were caught completely unawares. rescue teams we re completely unawares. rescue teams were sent immediately to the site of the crash. they worked through the night and much of the morning to pull survivors out of the mangled wreckage. they have been taken to a local district hospital, where they are being treated for their injuries. it is still not clear what caused the crash. investigation has been ordered to determine if human error led to it or even an act of sabotage. we can see that the track is broken at two places. the two rails next to the main rail on which
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the kriel is, those are weakened and we can see cuts the kriel is, those are weakened and we can see cuts on the kriel is, those are weakened and we can see cuts on them. this is being looked into by an expert team. the area where the crash took place isa the area where the crash took place is a hotbed of maoist insurgents. but india's railway system is notorious for being under resourced and with ageing infrastructure. this is the third such accident since november, raising concerns over the safety sta nda rds november, raising concerns over the safety standards of one of the world's largest and most heavily used networks. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, delhi. the former president of the gambia, yahya jammeh, has flown into exile, 22 years after taking control of the west african state in a coup. he sparked a political crisis when he refused to accept the outcome of the country's election. jammeh finally agreed to hand over power to the winner after the leaders of neighbouring countries threatened military action. 0ur correspondent thomas fessy is in banju. he said that life is gradually getting back to normal following the departure
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of mrjammeh. the president left last night, he is now in equatorial guinea, we understand, with his family, and certainly, life is picking up here after three days of a sort of total shutdown. shops, banks, gas stations, everything was closed for three days as people were staying home in fear of violence, as west african states sent in troops to threaten to remove mrjammeh by force. but in the end, mrjammeh left, he was left with no option from west african leaders, who basically gave him an ultimatum, either he was walking out of the state house, or he would be removed by force. the african union, the
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regional bloc and the united nations haveissued regional bloc and the united nations have issued declarations, saying that they would work to ensure there is no witchhunt of his former supporters and they have also said that mrjammeh was leaving temporarily but he was going to be, he should be able to return to the gambhirat he should be able to return to the gambhir at the time of his choosing. so it is not clear yet the terms, the exact terms of the agreement under which mrjammeh has left the country, but certainly, people here are now preparing for the return of the new president, adama barrow. a court in iran's rejected an appeal against a five—year prison sentence given to a woman with dual british and iranian citizenship. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, a charity worker accused of security offences, was detained while trying to leave the country with her baby daughter after visiting relatives in april. voting's under way in france to decide the socialist party's
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candidate to contest the french presidential election. seven candidates are on the initial ballot paper, butjust two candidates will make it through to the next round of voting. amongst those trying to win the nomination is former prime minister manuel valls. 0ur correspondent hugh schofield is in paris and he gave us his analysis of the primary race. the scene is that the socialist party, which would normally be expected to go into a presidential election has one of the main contenders, but which is in this insta nce contenders, but which is in this instance extremely demoralised and fighting for its life. there is a very, very small chance of any of the contenders in today's election actually winning the presidential race, which does not mean that today is not important, but it is kind of symbolic of the whole disarray which has overcome the french left in the last couple of years since it became apparent that francois hollande's
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presidency would be a failure, which i think everyone believes it has been. he himself is not running for re—election, which she would have been expected normally to do. so we have this open field in the socialist party, seven candidates vying to get the nomination, but all of them knowing that even if they do get it, the chance of actually getting to the presidency are very slim, because on the left, there are other contenders who are outside the socialist party who are if anything more popular than the socialist party nominees. jean—luc melenchon, the far left, a very charismatic and popular figure the far left, a very charismatic and popularfigure for that the far left, a very charismatic and popular figure for that part of the electorate and in the centre—left, former minister emanuel micron, who is also surging ahead in the polls. it isa is also surging ahead in the polls. it is a very fractured left for this election in a race which is also a three horse race, with the right and far right being the other main contenders. what about the public, what sense are you getting that
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people want? well, i mean, the sense is clearly that they do not think they want the socialist party to be back power. —— in power. there is quite clearly a moment which the national front is hoping to capitalise on, the victory of donald trump and his inauguration speech is all manna from heaven for marine le pen, on whom all eyes are now fixed, of course, as we move into the presidential campaign. but i think we have to always make it quite clear that her chances of winning still from my point of view are very small indeed, the comparison i a lwa ys small indeed, the comparison i always make is with the commonest party in france in the 1960s and 70s, which was up at similar levels, 20 or 25%, 70s, which was up at similar levels, 20 or25%, a 70s, which was up at similar levels, 20 or 25%, a hugely important player on the political scene, but had no chance of actually getting to power because there would always be a big majority against them.
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a charity says health officials in england are doing too little to encourage women to have smear tests. jo's cervical cancer trust says that over the past five years, there has been a 3% drop in the number of women having the checks, and that more than a million women did not respond to the invitation last year. it also found that embarrassment about the procedure was putting people off. smitha mundasad reports. a smear of lipstick to encourage women not to ignore their smear tests. they are offered to women aged 25 to 64, to help prevent cervical cancer. last yea r‘s campaign drew celebrity support, from the model cara delevingne to reality star lauren pope, and the charity behind it says this year their message has never been more important. at the moment, in england, for example, the number of women who attend cervical screening is at a 19—year low. it is dropping across the uk. that is hugely concerning, because if it carries on, we are going to see more women
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diagnosed, we are sadly going to see more women passing away, and we just don't want that to happen. the charity's latest survey suggests half of women aged 25 to 29 have put off getting a smear test. the reasons — more than a quarter said they were too embarrassed, a similar numbersaid they were worried about pain, and almost one in ten said they had never had the test at all. nhs england says it is particularly worried about the fall in young women getting smears in the last few years, because that has been linked to a rise in women under 35 getting cervical cancer. it says it is working on projects to encourage more young women to take up the tests. smitha mundasad, bbc news. a police officer who was left severely brain damaged in a motorcycle crash last year has died, after his family won a legal battle to withdraw life support. paul briggs, who was 43, was hit by a dangerous driver while working for merseyside police. his widow, lindsey, said she was "devastated"
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by her husband's death, but relieved his suffering had ended. the time new cars are allowed on britain's roads before they need an mot could go up from three to four years, under government proposals. the department for transport said safer technology and improved manufacturing means new vehicles stay roadworthy for longer. the change, which could come in from 2018, would bring britain in line with northern ireland and many other european countries. a survey suggests that delays in assessing patients' needs are worsening the problems hospitals have in discharging patients. healthwatch england, which champions patients, says many local authorities are failing to get the job done within the recommended six weeks. emma forde reports. nhs england says at the end of november last year, nearly 7,000 hospital beds were occupied by patients who should have been discharged. it says one in three remained in hospital because of delays in assessment, and care packages not being in place. healthwatch england has investigated
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how widespread delays in social care assessments are, both in the community and in hospitals. the longest reported delay in the community was nearly two years. it said that data from local authorities on waiting times for assessments was incredibly patchy. not only that, it also found assessment reviews, which according to the care act should be done every 12 months to assess changing needs, simply aren't being done. the department of health said it was investing £900 million of additional funding into adult social care over the next two years, and will continue to challenge local authorities that fail to carry out timely assessments. emma forde, bbc news. now let's have a look at the weather. it is not getting any warmer, temperatures falling away as i
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speak. we had some very low temperatures last night in some sports and it will get pretty low again tonight. the changes blue ferrari expect the lowest average is to be. other areas will not cool off so much at all. there will be some fault in the mix as well. some airports could be affected. some places could see temperatures are a lot lower tha n places could see temperatures are a lot lower than these numbers suggest. luckily, a severe frost. fa u lty suggest. luckily, a severe frost. faulty perhaps of more concern not only tomorrow but on tuesday, it could become quite widespread. the in force from the met office specifically for parts of southern england. gradually lifting but in some places, thick all be keeping it very cold. elsewhere, a lot of dry and fine weather. a good chance that some areas will see sunshine. but pretty chilly, four or five celsius typically. more details in half an hour. is
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